WAPOR is once again offering a day of training on various topics, in conjunction with the 72nd annual conference. We are offering a morning and afternoon session, with two concurrent workshops. Please see below for workshop topics and instructor information. Workshops can be added onto your conference registration. The cost is $60 for BOTH sessions ($30 for students). Please note that lunch is not included.

Chelsea Hotel Toronto
33 Gerard Street West (Toronto, Canada)

Session I    9:00-11:30

Room Location: Scott

Conducting Surveys in Emerging Democracies

Instructor: Robert Chung (The University of Hong Kong)

Dr. Robert Chung is the founding director of the Public Opinion Programme at The University of Hong Kong. His work can be found at Robert Chung is a long-time member of WAPOR. He was Secretary-Treasurer of WAPOR for 2006-07 and then Chair of Liaison Committee from 2010 to 2015. In 2017, he was elected the founding President of the WAPOR Asia Chapter.

Echoing the conference theme of “Public Opinion and Democracy”, this training session will focus on the main problems encountered in conducting public opinion research in general, and sample surveys in particular, in emerging democracies. Robert Chung will draw on his personal experience in overcoming conceptual and technical problems when planning and running opinion projects amidst volatile social and political environments. As an academic and professional, he will share his experience on how he adhered to science and democracy in conducting nonpartisan opinion studies in Hong Kong, in the Greater China Region, and in Asia and he will explain the importance of international and cross-cultural efforts in promoting and safeguarding scientific studies.

Room Location: Gerrard

An Insider’s Look at Sentiment Analysis : What Works, and What They Don’t Tell You

Instructor: Normand Péladeau (Provalis Research)

Normand Péladeau is the president and CEO of Provalis Research. He has a doctorate degree in psychology and more than 35 years of experience as a social science researcher and as a consultant in research methodology for large corporations, governmental agencies, and international organization. Dr. Péladeau has trained thousands of people in text analysis techniques in a wide range of applications, such as business intelligence, market research, urban planning, aviation safety, media analysis, survey research, and international crime analysis.

Text analytics allows you to perform sentiment analysis that provides real value to help you shape and grow your business. That statement isn’t up for analysis. Text analytics works but it doesn’t necessarily work the same way for everyone. To make text analytics work for you, you need to know some of the pitfalls to avoid the pratfalls. We will show you sentiment analysis techniques and methods you can deploy, what’s behind them and what to watch out for. 

Lunch        11:30-1:00      On your own (not included)

Session II    1:00-3:30

Room Location: Scott

Strategies for Publishing Public Opinion Research

Instructor: Paul Brewer (University of Delaware & IJPOR Co-Editor)

Paul Brewer is a professor of communication and of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware. He is also the research director for the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication and currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. His research has appeared in a wide range of journals, including Public Opinion Quarterly, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Communication, and Science Communication.

This training session will focus on how to prepare manuscripts for journal submission, how to choose target journals for manuscripts, and how to address feedback from editors and reviewers. It will also provide a look at how the publication process works, from the initial submission of a manuscript to the final stages of editing before publication. The session will include time for questions from the audience.    

Room Location: Gerrard

Comparative Survey Research: Issues of Quality, Harmonization and Transparency

Instructor: Irina Tomescu-Dubrow (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, and CONSIRT at The Ohio State University and PAN)

Irina Tomescu-Dubrow is associate professor of sociology at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), and program manager for Cross-national Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training program ( of The Ohio State University and PAN. She conducts research on comparative survey methodology, including ex-post survey data harmonization, and on social phenomena under conditions of social change.    

Comparative survey data are at the heart of research that analyzes social phenomena for different populations (across countries, or social groups within country) and, frequently, over time (in cross-sectional or panel frameworks). To yield reliable results, such data need to be of good quality, and be used in informed way. This session focuses on the concept of quality as it applies to cross-national survey research, from the perspective of both data producers and users. First, we discuss the variability in survey quality that emerges through the design, collection, and documentation process. Here, we consider how ex-ante harmonization – that is, procedures that data producers apply during the design and implementation stages to improve comparability  –  can strengthen survey quality. Next, from the data user’s side, we discuss the problem of unequal quality within and between international survey projects. We consider the data quality challenges, and possible solutions, as they appear in ex-post harmonization of cross-national survey data. Ex-post harmonization is data reprocessing that facilitates the simultaneous use of diverse surveys conducted in multiple countries and across many time periods for comparative analyses. We conclude with a discussion of practical concerns regarding transparency of comparative survey research.